Image:Henrymayhew.png|thumb|Henry Mayhew, from ''London Labour and the London Poor'' (1861)
'''Henry Mayhew''' (25 November 1812 – 25 July 1887) was an English social researcher, journalist, playwright and advocate of reform. He was one of the co-founders of the satirical and humorous magazine ''Punch (magazine)|Punch
'' in 1841, and was the magazine's joint-editor, with Mark Lemon
, in its early days. He is also known for his work as a social researcher, publishing an extensive series of newspaper articles in the ''Morning Chronicle
'' that was later compiled into the book series ''London Labour and the London Poor
'' (1851), a groundbreaking and influential survey of the city's poor.